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posted by n1 on Tuesday December 20 2016, @05:28AM   Printer-friendly
from the sin-tax dept.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/12/south-carolina-will-debate-bill-to-block-porn-on-new-computers/

A South Carolina politician is hoping to stop computer owners in his state from viewing pornography.

State Rep. Bill Chumley, a Republican from Spartanburg, told his hometown newspaper that his Human Trafficking Prevention Act would require manufacturers or sellers of computers or other devices that access the Internet to install digital blocks to prevent the viewing of obscene content. Blocking websites that facilitate prostitution would also be required, he said.

If a purchaser wants the filter lifted, he or she has to pay $20 to have it taken out—provided the person is over the age of 18.

Also at the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by meustrus on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:20AM

    by meustrus (4961) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:20AM (#443596)

    One would hope that crossing this terrible threshold would at least be done in the name of security. What about stopping terrorists? Make them install "terrorism filters". They'll work about as well. But no, instead of taking massive liberties from its citizens in the name of security, it is in the name of moral paternalism. Gee, thanks red states.

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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:50AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 20 2016, @07:50AM (#443604)

    Trafficking is terrorism. The #1 funding source for terror is human trafficking. The #1 funding source for terror is also drugs. The #1 funding source for terror is...

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by FatPhil on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:24AM

      by FatPhil (863) <{pc-soylent} {at} {asdf.fi}> on Tuesday December 20 2016, @08:24AM (#443616) Homepage
      ... republican foreign policy (as also performed by democrats).
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      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by q.kontinuum on Tuesday December 20 2016, @12:02PM

        by q.kontinuum (532) on Tuesday December 20 2016, @12:02PM (#443705) Journal

        ... which is again funded by drugs [wikipedia.org]. q.e.d.

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    • (Score: 2) by meustrus on Wednesday December 21 2016, @08:12PM

      by meustrus (4961) on Wednesday December 21 2016, @08:12PM (#444436)

      It would be better if this was about child porn, too. But it isn't. It's about the tax-paying pornography industry. Which also suggests an obvious actor to oppose this at the federal level (besides computer manufacturers, privacy advocates, security advocates, and anti-government types) would be other states with porn industries.

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